The durability of your roof will influence the health of your home for years. If your roof is experiencing leaks or getting older, you may want to consider re-roofing instead of roof replacement. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the questions we answer most often about re-roofing:
How Often Can I Re-roof My Home?
You can generally only lay new shingles over existing ones once or twice. More than two or three layers of shingles can actually weaken the roof and may violate local building codes. The average life expectancy for 3-tab asphalt shingles is 20 years. If your older roof is in good shape, you may be able to save money and protect your home with re-roofing.
If you are trying to plan your home maintenance and repair budget, Mr. Roof offers free inspections and estimates. We’ll help you diagnose the current health of your roof so you can plan accordingly.
How Much Does Re-roofing Cost?
Re-roofing project costs vary widely, which is why we always offer free estimates. Factors that will impact the total cost of your project include:
- The state of the existing roof. Many jurisdictions allow homeowners to re-roof their homes on top of existing roofs to lower the cost of the project. For re-roofing projects involving water or other types of damage, roofing replacement may make more sense.
- The materials you choose. More durable materials such as metal and tile will cost more than standard asphalt shingles. Additional materials used also add to the price of the project.
- The square footage of the project. The overall square footage will determine the amount of materials needed and the price.
Mr. Roof partners with Wells Fargo Financial National Bank to offer affordable financing for those who qualify in the Cincinnati area.
How Long Will a Re-roofing Project Take?
Re-roofing project timelines vary widely among contractors. At Mr. Roof, we strive to offer our customers the shortest possible timelines and the highest quality workmanship. We can often finish re-roofing work in a single day.
Can I Re-roof My Home on My Own?
You can if you know the local building codes and the proper roofing techniques. However, if you take the DIY approach, you may expose yourself to unnecessary physical and financial risk. Without a team, a re-roofing project can take weeks to complete. The work is dangerous, and you are 100% responsible for everything.
At Mr. Roof, our experienced roofers know the latest industry best practices for re-roofing. We also offer a lifetime transferable warranty, and we manufacture many of our materials in-house. For peace of mind, you may want to partner with a professional roofing company for a re-roofing project.
Do I Have to Use the Same Roofing Material in My Re-roofing Project?
In most cases, homeowners stick with the same category of roofing material for re-roofing projects. Asphalt shingles are the most common material used in re-roofing projects. If you want to switch to a different material altogether (e.g., from shingles to slate), replacement may make more sense.